Crews mopping up Spirit Lake fire, watching for hot spots

SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho — Crews worked overnight Monday to contain a fire burning Spirit Lake.

The fire burned 70 acres over the weekend and crews are now mopping up while monitoring hot spots.

The Idaho Department of Lands originally said the fire was expected to be fully extinguished by noon on Sunday.

On Sunday, the fire had reached 40 acres and was 90 percent contained, but the fire flared up and continued to burn throughout the day. When that happened, crews pushed the timeline for full containment to 8 p.m. Sunday, but the fire kept spreading and crews had to continue their efforts into Monday morning.

According to the IDL, the fire reached two areas of heavy fuel and threw sparks up the hill, which was two acres outside of the fire line.

Two engines worked on the fire throughout the night Sunday. Air operations, a dozer and ground crews responded back to the area early Monday morning.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

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